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Almost since the beginning of commercial development, wind turbines have been designed to work with limited to no repair up to 125/mph 200 kph winds.  Survivable (with testing and repair) to 150+mph 240+kph.  Plus, hurricanes are known in advance, and steps can be taken to batten the turbines down.  since most modern (utility-scale) turbines only produce power up to 60 mph 96 kph 26mps very little energy is actually lost by these design standards.

Smaller scale turbines specifically for tropical areas or with high storm likelihood can feature tilt-down towers so the turbine can be lowered as a storm approaches.

In fact, Vergnet    in France does just that, for such markets.



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Feb 3rd, 2010 at 11:47:03 AM EST
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